Rotimi Amaechi, the Rivers state governor, Thursday revealed he knelt and begged Bola Tinubu, a national leader of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the need to resolve a disagreement they had during the electioneering period. Amaechi spoke at the launch of a book on his administration – “Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi Years”. Admitting he feared the Peoples Democratic Party would be vengeful against him had it won the presidential election, Amaechi, said he told Tinubu why they must stay united at the time.
“I knew I was going to be in trouble, anything that would cause that change not to take place, I was ready to make that sacrifice. The federal government has sent out a signal that if they won nobody should let me in to Nigeria from any airport. One day Asiwaju got angry with me, he was very angry, i went to his house with El-Rufai, i went to his house and knelt down saying please let’s not disagree, lets win first and then we can disagree”, he stated.
Amaechi added that his friends either abandoned or avoided him due to his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan. Amechi described his and his co-travellers political triumph over the PDP as a “civilian coup”, which Tinubu had helped to bring about. The book, which forward was written by literary icon, Professor Wole Soyinka, was edited by Chidi Amuta and Yemi Ogunbiyi. Soyinka identified Amaechi and Tinubu as leaders of the change process that culminated in the yet–to–come government.